The Promise Ring’s Nothing Feels Good
Released October 14 1997
I came to the Promise Ring late in their career, but their 2nd full length record, Nothing Feels Good, quickly became one of my most played records. I believe this to be one of the most solid records from beginning to end in all of the post punk genres of which I am familiar.
This podcast features individual interviews with all of the band members appearing on Nothing Feels Good, Singer/Songwriter Davey von Bholen, Second Guitarist Jason Gnewikow, Drummer Dan Didier, and Bassist Scott Beschta. This episode also includes an interview with Gub Scott Conway of Gauge, Screeching Weasel, and Even In Blackouts. Plus two written audio pieces by Promise Ring fans Rust Belt Jessie and Joe Jacob.
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Bhopal Stiffs strikes close to my heart. They were the first band Screeching Weasel played with in Chicago, outside of our suburban homes. We played at a 21 and over club that was called Batteries Not Included. There was barely an audience there to see either bands but when Bhopal Stiffs got on stage their energy, music and commitment blew me away. They are first on my top two punk shows that I have ever seen.
Interviews with band members:
Assistant Editing by: Jason Brow
1. Jim Ellison from Material Issue passed away in 1996.
2. In the podcast I play an Effigies song when referring to Iain Burgess. I played Body Bag, but Iain didn't engineer and produce till later records: Fly On The Wire and Ink.
3. The Christian Televangelist is Robert Tilton.
The Vindictives’ 1999 release of HYPNO PUNKO™
With interviews of each band member represented on the record:
Joey Vindictive, Johnny Personality, Billy Blastoff, Jenny Gee, and Angel Ledezma.
An eccentric punk rock concept record in the midst of most pop punk bands pushing for a piece of the mainstream? Well… sorta the history. Listen and explore the depth of this very personal record conceived by the band’s frontman Joey Vindictive.
Assistant Editor: Jason Brow of the 6ftplus Podcast."Link to resource material after listening to the podcast" http://jugheadsbasement.com/episodes/joeysletter/
Big Black’s aggressive and abrasive music was characterized by distinctively clanky guitars and the use of a drum machine (who they lovingly called Roland) elements which pre-cursored industrial rock. The band acknowledged no taboos and Albini’s lyrics openly dealt with loaded topics including murder, rape, child sexual abuse, and racism. They also held staunch principles, shunning the mainstream music industry and insisting on complete control over all aspects of their career. This podcast attempts to tell a portion of the history of the band from the perspective of their ep Bulldozer through their first full length record Atomizer. (Marking a transition from a project purely conceived by Steve Albini into a cohesive band with the added influences from collaborators Santiago Durango and Dave Riley.)
This episode is co-hosted by Russ Forster and includes interviews with band members Santiago Durango, Steve Albini, and Jeff Pezzati, including extra interview material with friend and fellow songwriter/musician Camilo Gonzalez. Lastly an audio piece written by journalist/novelist/radio personality Jim DeRogatis.
Russ Forster is a perennial dabbler in the underground and eccentric. Past exercises in cognitive dissonance include Underdog Records, 8-Track Mind magazine, documentaries So Wrong They're Right and Tributary, and various and sundry bands and acts like his current extreme-solo project Rakehell.
Assistant Editor: Jason Brow of the 6ftplus Podcast.
This month, John runs through selected sequential recordings from the catalog of Crimpshrine.
Containing interviews with band members Aaron Cometbus, Jeff Ott, Pete Rypins, Paul Curran, and Jesse Michaels. Also containing interviews with Engineer/Producer Kevin Army.
The Angry Samoans 1982 Release of Back From Samoa
Interviews by band members:
• "Metal Mike" Saunders
• Gregg Turner
• Todd Homer
• Bill Vockeroth
• Jeff Dahl
Biographical pieces written by
Angry Samoans guitarist PJ Galligan recited by Beauregard Marie.
Plus Jughead's Basement regular: Eric T. Roth
co-edited by Jason Bro
Strange Jason is an alter ego for Jason Brow, who grew up many years and many miles removed from punk and anything interesting. He has since been playing catch-up. He’s the voice behind the Six Foot Plus podcast, a showcase of the creepy side of music, found online at 6ftplus.com.
This particular podcast is dedicated to PJ Galligan who passed away from cancer in may of 2014.
In this edition of Jughead's Basement, John turns over an old log to see what's growing on Adrenalin O.D.'s 1986 release, Humungousfungusamongus.
Featuring interviews with band members Paul Richard, Jack Steeples, Dave Scott, and Bruce Wingate.
Also featuring an interview with Buy Our Records representative, Lenny Sblendorio, and a performance piece from Jim Testa.
In this episode John and friends stand back up the Queers' 1996 album, Don't Back Down. Featuring interviews with band members Joe King and B-Face, producers J.J. Rassler and Mass Giorgini, and contributors Wimpy Rutherford, Lisa Marr and Les Hernandez.
Also featuring performance pieces from Sara Ramone and Kevin Aper.
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In this episode, John cuts deep into the Jazz Butcher's 1984 album, A Scandal In Bohemia. Featuring interviews with band members, Pat Fish, Max Eider, Owen Jones, and David J.
Also featuring performance pieces from Brian Nemtusak and Scott Hermes.
In this episode of Jughead's Basement, John and friends resuscitate the Mr. T Experience's 1996 album, Love Is Dead.
This edition features interviews with all of the '96 era member's of the band; Frank (Dr. Frank) Portman, Jym Pittman, and Joel Reader. Along with producer Kevin Army, and Lookout Records Representative Christopher Appelgren.
Also featuring performances pieces from Michael T. Fournier and Evan Hanover.
"Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba" : Michael T. Fournier has written a novel titled "Hidden Wheel" as well as a book-length discussion of the Minutemen's "Double Nickels on the Dime" album (for the 33 1/3 series). He is the editor of Cabildo Quarterly, a broadsheet literary journal, and plays drums in Dead Trend. He and his wife Rebecca live in Western Mass with their cat.
"Thank You (For Not Being One of Them)" : Evan Hanover is an anthropologist by day and a dramaturge and photographer by night. This is the latest in a string of collaborations with John Jughead, many of which have been with the Neo-Futurists, with whom he is an Artistic Associate. Also, he sincerely would like to thank you for not being one of them.